Mum-Of-Six Says She's Constantly Mistaken For 21-Year-Old On TikTok
A 40-year-old woman has racked up millions of views on TikTok with her followers shocked by her youthful looks and fun videos.
Former PCSO and detention officer Claire Barratt says she is often mistaken her for her for 21-year-old son's girlfriend and has even shared a snap of her driving licence to prove her real age.
Despite only joining TikTok three months ago, she has already had millions of views and has attracted more than 145,000 followers.
The mum-of-six has absolutely no time for trolls and is happy to post her videos whether she's wearing make up or not.
Claire, who lives in Hull, says: "When I go viral people say I am caked in makeup and I will be.
"But in the same breath the video I made two days earlier I will have had no makeup on and will have just gotten out of bed in my dressing gown.
"People say I only look 40 because of the make up but I am comfortable in my own skin. I'm not bothered whether I look 40 or not."
Claire often shares clips in which she explains that she feels younger than she is; she recently captioned one: 'you don't look old enough to have a 21 year old son' followed by 'you look like you could be his sister' with the clip picking up almost 3,000 comments.
One fan wrote: "Honestly you look so young I thought you were my age and I'm 24."
A third said: "You literally look 20, spill the secret sis."
Claire, who left Humberside Police after seven years, set up her own business Claireabella, making personalised bags.
She says it was her team at Claireabella who encouraged her to join TikTok.
Claire said: "I was reluctant because my kids were on it. I didn't have a clue what I was doing.
"Thankfully the kids gave me lessons and I posted a video of me with baby porridge down my top saying I was 40 and didn't know why I was here, and the reaction was instant."
Claire admits that her kids - her biological ones Tom, 21, Bailey, 16, Amelia, 15 and Carter, 15 months and her step daughters Ellie, 16 and Charlotte, 14 - do sometimes cringe at her clips but they are supportive.
Claire joked: "My kids don't want to be in my videos and rightfully so I am there mum.
"They are a bit flabbergasted with how it has taken off.
"I have told them that if there is anything they are uncomfortable with me posting to come to me.
"My eldest Tom thinks it is brilliant and he keeps messaging me saying 'mum ignore the haters, they are just salty' and he thinks I could have a million followers by the end of the year.
"That is my ultimate goal."
Claire lives with her husband Jon and says the pair never let any negative comments get to them.
She added: 'I was a detention officer and a special constable police officer for seven years, I had every insult and physical assault thrown at me so I have incredibly thick skin.
"It is my life and if I am doing something that makes me happy and live my life to the fullest then I am going to do it. It keeps us young."
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